How to Wear Shorts Like a Royal This Summer

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It’s officially shorts season, friends. But that doesn’t mean Daisy Duke cutoffs are the only way to let your legs get some breathing room. So, what shorts should you be rocking in 2019? We’re turning to the royal family for some pointers, as we believe there’s no better bunch of style icons out there. Here, five shorts-loving monarchs that prove the warm-weather staple can look flattering and polished.

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Short Suit

Before our girl Meg was royalty, she rocked one of the biggest summer trends: the short suit. If you’re taking this coordinated outfit for a spin, pair it with strappy sandals for day. For night, simply throw on a pair of metallic pumps and reach for your most glamorous clutch.

Get the look: Asos Design suit ($132); Ted Baker pumps ($195)

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Linen Shorts

While visiting Mallorca, Queen Letizia of Spain rocked white linen shorts and now it’s all we want to wear. Take a cue from the fashionable royal and work in an ombré (or better yet, tie-dye) top and some woven sandals for an easygoing out-and-about look. Bonus points for twinning with your adorable daughter.

Get the look: Steve Madden sandals ($60); Vince shorts ($195); Lafayette 148 New York top ($448)

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Bike Shorts

Whether or not you love them, bike shorts are back, baby. Take some tips from Lady Di, the OG bike shorts enthusiast, and go full-on athleisure with chunky sneakers and an oversize sweatshirt. It’s the best way to ease into the trend, and we promise you’ll be surprised at how quickly you adapt.

Get the look: Sub_Urban sweatshirt ($58); Good American bike shorts ($65); Adidas sneakers ($120)

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Bermuda Short Suit

Another fan of the short suit, Queen Letizia’s version is the perfect way to try the trend for the office. Try a longer silhouette, like Bermuda shorts, that hits just above the knee and pair them with a slim-fitting, polished blazer. Add a printed blouse underneath for a little extra (HR-approved) personality.

Get the look: Vince shorts ($165); Maje blouse ($185); Vince blazer ($395)

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If there’s one royal who out-shorts the rest, it’s obviously Prince George. He flaunts a knee-high chino like nobody’s business and we are Here. For. It. But actually, dress your kids in George’s signature shorts-and-cardigan combo all summer for major royal style points.

Get the look: Quicksilver shorts ($35); Little Brother by Pippa and Julie cardigan ($54)

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